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New Zealand Certificate in Pharmacy (Community Pharmacy Assistant) - Level 4

If you’d like to work in a retail role where you can help customers with their health and beauty needs then our new pharmacy based qualification is for you.

Our Community Pharmacy Assistant programme teaches you all of the skills you need to help customers with over-the-counter medicines, pharmacy products and services, as well as how to assist with health and beauty queries and products. You’ll gain the skills needed to provide non-dispensing support under the supervision of a pharmacist.

Course Content

You will learn how to:

  • Provide advice on over-the-counter health related products and services for minor health complaints and answer questions on health and beauty products
  • Develop and practice personal presentation, customer service and communication skills for effective assistance in a pharmacy
  • Carry out all retail roles within the pharmacy
  • Develop skills to lead and support teams within the pharmacy 

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants should have successfully completed year 12 or equivalent as a guideline
  • Applicants whose first language is not English require an IELTS score of 5.5 or NZQA approved equivalent

Qualifications Awarded

  • New Zealand Certificate in Pharmacy (Community Pharmacy Assistant) - Level 4
  • New Zealand Certificate in Pharmacy (Introduction to Pharmacy Practice) - Level 3

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Career Opportunities

This qualification will enable you to work as a Community Pharmacy Assistant. It can also lead to roles at cosmetic beauty counters within department stores as well as stand-alone beauty stores. The qualification can also lead to employment in retail management, supervisory or non-dispensary health related roles. 

2018 Intake Dates

  • TBC


33 weeks including 3 weeks of holiday


This course is offered at our North Shore (Auckland) campus.

Course Costs

  • Tuition fees: $4,800.00*
  • Compulsory course costs: $150.00*

*Indicative costs

If you don’t think this qualification is right for you but you’re still interested in the Pharmacy industry, click here to find out more about the New Zealand Certificate in Pharmacy Technician - Level 5.

Student loans and allowances are available through Studylink.